Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr. John's 'Revolution,' Epic Ditch's 'Negative Increase,' Meadownoise's It's 4:00 [Fresh Tracks]

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 5:04 PM

* As you know — because we told you — The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced the forthcoming Dr. John album at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound here in Nashville. While the album, titled Locked Down, won't be out until April 3, you can stream the horn- and Farfisa-loaded single "Revolution" right now via Rolling Stone. It's a fat slab of NOLA soul, and you can launch the RS player directly via this link — but be warned, it will make your window all re-sized and tiny. Worth it!

* We both previewed and reviewed Epic Ditch's 36-Hour EP release show. And for good reason; who doesn't like OG, shout-along, hardcore punk? But according to Ditch frontman John Davis — who you might also recognize as the main dude from '90s power-pop institutions Superdrag — there were a couple of tunes that didn't make it onto the EP. One of those tunes is called "Negative Increase," and you can stream all minute-and-50 of it below or download it for free via Epic Ditch's Soundcloud page. Negative increase! Negative increase!

* You guys familiar with local rock outfit and wrestling enthusiasts The Church of Cleanliness? Sure you are. Contributor Edd Hurt told you all about them back in December. Well, C of C member Matt Glassmeyer has a solo project called Meadownoise, and he's offering up a download of his five-song EP, It's 4:00, for free. Meadownoise is a bit less aggressive and a bit more thoughtful than Church of Cleanliness, like if Wayne Coyne took a weekend to make an extremely chilled-out EP with Grandaddy's Jason Lytle. Stream it below, and download the whole thing at Meadownoise's Bandcamp page. "Little William" is my jam, by the way. Hat-tip to We Own This Town for hipping us. WOTT, we love and respect you, and we promise to get you an invite to this year's Best of Nashville party.

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Lineup for Road to Bonnaroo 2012's Second Round Announced

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

As we’ve just once again witnessed with this week’s Colorfeels upset, the Road to Bonnaroo is paved with cautionary tales and close, controversial calls.

… And the fun continues on Monday, March 26, with Round Two of the local rock scene’s most polarizing high-stakes 8 off 8th and battle-of-the-bands series. Mercy Lounge and BMI have just announced the lineup for that eight-band bout, which will pit (in no particular order) Evan P. Donohue, Five Knives, Marquee Mayfield (formerly ReLapse), Nikki Lane, The Running, Static Revival, Tesla Rossa and Wild Cub against each other in a winner-take-all prize-vie to play Bonnaroo 2012.

So, which one of those artists do you wanna see score themselves a Bonnaroo slot (and perhaps most importantly, artist passes) and which bands’ blood do you wanna see stain the local asphalt? Be at Mercy Lounge on March 26 to rock the vote! It’s free!

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Forecastle Festival Announces 2012 Lineup [Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Atmosphere and Much More]

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

We haven't even had time to allow Pitchfork Festival's initial lineup announcement to sink in, and bam! It's already time to talk about who's playing this year's Forecastle Festival, which will take place July 13-15 in Louisville, Ky. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bluegrass State's finest outdoor music fest, and they've got a humdinger of a lineup to mark the occasion — seriously, I don't use the term "humdinger" lightly. I take that word very, very seriously.

Headlining the fest will be Kentucky's native sons My Morning Jacket, and according to a press release, frontman Jim James is "super duper excited." As he should be. In addition to MMJ's headlining set Saturday night, the 'Castle will also see sets from headliners Bassnectar and Wilco, not to mention a slew of performers including Sleigh Bells (if you don't catch them at Rites of Spring), Girl Talk, Andrew Bird (if you don't catch him at The Ryman), Dr. Dog (if you don't catch them this weekend at War Memorial), Neko Case, Real Estate, Atmosphere, Deer Tick, Beach House, Wye Oak, Washed Out, A-Trak, The Head and the Heart, Preservation Jazz Hall Band, the Stax! Soul Revue and more. And on the local tip, Nashville will be represented by JEFF the Brotherhood, The Features, Justin Townes Earle (we still claim him) and DJ Wick-It the Instigator.

General admission and VIP three-day passes are already available at this link, and those will run you $144.50 and $350, respectively. Single-day VIP and GA tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, at noon, and you'll be able to hunt those down via this link. There are also payment-plan options and so forth, and you can find out about all of those via the afore-linked pages. And don't worry, Forecastle will once again be "highlighting the festival’s maritime theme," so batten down the hatches and grab a hold of that bowsprit.

See the full Forecastle 2012 lineup after the jump or at Forecastle's lineup page.

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War Memorial Auditorium's The Attic Sessions Episode 8, Feat. Madi Diaz [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Fresh off the debut of her speed metal-themed music video for the track "Gimme a Kiss," Madi Diaz is the subject of War Memorial Auditorium's latest Attic Session. After talking a bit about listening to "everything that's current and out there" vs. listening to "old shit," Diaz leads off with an acoustic rendition of the aforementioned tune. There's a bunch more intimate gabbin' and pop crooning in there, so if it's your thing, dig in and enjoy. Be warned: It is definitively, according to Diaz and partner Kyle Ryan, not "sad-bastard music."

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Ray Charles Performs 'Ring of Fire' on The Johnny Cash Show [Golden Nugget]

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Apologies if this is old hat for big Ray Charles fans, archive-combers and folks who are old enough to have seen it when it originally aired. But this clip of Ray Charles preforming "Ring of Fire" on The Johnny Cash Show is primo Golden Nugget fodder, and certainly as good a way as any to start our Leap Day, no? In this extended clip from the same episode, Cash mentions that it was Charles' 40th birthday, and thus we can deduce that the segment was filmed on Sept. 23, 1970 — though I can't say when it originally aired.

Anyhow, we owe a tip of the hat to local funnyman Steve Lee, who tweeted it yesterday. Slice of Music City history, right here. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Colorfeels Win Audience and Judge Votes at Road to Bonnaroo, Lose Due to Disqualification; Hear 'Shapes'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

A bit of hot goss just came our way regarding last night's Road to Bonnaroo installment at Mercy Lounge. According to multiple sources at the Lounge, indie-pop underdogs Colorfeels won both the audience votes and the judge votes — "by a landslide," said one source, "not even close." Unfortunately for the 'Feels, however, they allegedly broke one of RTB's cardinal rules: They played what sounded like four songs rather than the allotted three, and they played for longer than 15 minutes — thus disqualifying themselves and allowing By Lightning! to slip into the top slot. Apparently, all the participating bands received multiple notices that they were to stick to a three-song, 15-minute limit, and this is a zero-tolerance policy.

I managed to contact Colorfeels' manager, Bo Brannen, who assured me that the band's overextended set was "not intentional." In fact, he pointed out that the outro to "Pretty Walk" — which you can hear here — was misinterpreted as being a fourth song. And while Brannen says the band's set apparently lasted for 17 minutes, they "never saw anything about a time limit — only a song limit — until the day of the show." He was careful to note that Colorfeels weren't attempting to eschew the rules or disrespect the other artists.

A shame that this controversy might sully memories of Colorfeels' performance, as — on a personal note — I found it to be the most engaging of the evening. But here's some good news: For the next four days, Colorfeels are offering a free download of their song "Shapes" — the final tune from last night's set. The song was "produced by the whole band and recorded at Sound Emporium with tracking engineer Josh Papp and mixed and mastered by our good friend Ryan McFadden," and it "features two drum sets." You can download "Shapes" via Colorfeels' Bandcamp page and stream it below. Dig those groovy horn blasts. By the way, Colorfeels are playing with Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes this Friday, March 2, at Exit/In.

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Pitchfork Festival Announces Initial 2012 Lineup [Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and More]

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

With festival season looming on the horizon, Pitchfork Media has announced the initial batch of artists slated to independently rock its annual celebration of hyper-relevant indie rock under Chicago's hot summer sun.

So far set to appear in Chi-Town's Union Park July 13-15 are Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker and Willis Earl Beal. Whether that arsenal of artists excites or disappoints you, fear not, as — unlike how Bonnaroo rolls out its lineups — Pitchfork Festival has historically held off on announcing its heritage-indie, top-o'-bill headliners at the outset. I'm predicting Archers of Loaf might end up making the bill. And if that ends up being the case, then I'm fuckin' there. And hey, maybe the event will feature a Nashville act this year. JEFF the Brotherhood perhaps? Paging Lambchop?

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EGGS: 'Bungleland'

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

“Too wild for too long,”
He said to himself while standing in line
Clutching a cell phone and feeling frumpy.

Ruminating on Steven Tyler
And all those confused football players
Pacing in the midst of a bungle, he asked:

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Neil Hamburger: The Cream Interview

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

As in the case of our interview with Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham, here's yet another supplement to this week's Scene cover story on the Bruise Cruise. It's a complete transcript of the drunken interview Cream Cap'n D. Patrick Rodgers and I conducted with leading indie-rock insult comic Neil Hamburger in a vacant dining room on a goddamn boat.

In case it's not immediately obvious, Hamburger — a comedic alter ego constructed by the quite-friendly-in-person Gregg Turkington — conducts interviews in character, though he does tend to answer questions in the first-person plural. Anyway, below you can read Hamburger's riffs and reflections on the Bruise Cruise, the bland food on board, Bow Wow Wow, alcoholism, Axl Rose, his own contributions to country music with the help of Nashville's Dave Gleason, the death of Whitney Houston and how it should have been Britney Spears and more.

Nashville Cream: OK, first off, you're a bit of a food critic. What did you think of the food on the cruise?

Neil Hamburger: Well, I mean there were two or three ingredients: salt, Sweet'N Low and food coloring. To make the drinks they would add water to those, and to make the food they would add either a cheap spackle left over from some of the interior design or, in some cases, flour, white flour, or sometimes just powder. I guess people do go on these cruises to eat, but I'm here to entertain and hopefully help people forget about the problems they have, such as indigestion, food poisoning or disappointment with having such a bland food experience. But of course bland is better than food poisoning, and I'm afraid that — I recently read last week that one of these ships had two-hundred-and-something cases of food poisoning, and that's always a fear.

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Road to Bonnaroo 2012 at Mercy Lounge: Round One, 2/27/12 [By Lightning!]

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Monday evening, The Spin took a much-needed disco nap, in which we dreamed that several local-rock personalities were wearing strange, woolly gaucho pants as we listened to uncharacteristically earnest pop music. Was it a sign of things to come? A sign that The Spin is finally losing its mind? A sign that we should eat less junk food and stick to a solid sleep schedule? No matter, as we awoke in a hurried panic, ready to make our way across town to Mercy Lounge for this year's first installment of the Road to Bonnaroo series, where eight local acts were to battle it out for a slot at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. We donned both our writin' hat and our official judge's hat — not that we wouldn't be judging in an unofficial capacity anyway — and scurried up the steps to the lounge.

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